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Idea: Reach Families Affected by Mental Illness

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How Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., effectively helps and loves families affected by mental illness.

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Plug First-Time Guests Into the Church Immediately After the Service

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Experience Life Church helps first-time guests evaluate where they are on their faith journey immediately.

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Idea Starter: Home-Based Small Groups Reach Out to Neighbors and Friends

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How One Church Does It: EastLake Church asks group leaders to open groups to acquaintances to connect them to church.

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Allow Volunteers to Shadow Mentors Before They Commit to a Ministry

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Living Stones Church matches its members to service that fits their interests.

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Offer Neighborhood-Based Connections

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Christ’s Church of the Valley offers small groups based on geography and neighborhood.

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Offer an Online Portal to Make Options for Growth Easy to Recognize

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Hosanna Lutheran Church attributes GROWlink online program to the church’s retention.

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Emphasize Relationship Building

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Cornerstone Christian Fellowship offers “small churches” to create intimate connections within a large church.

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Offer Small Groups Trimesterly, With Start and End Dates

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Next Level Church offers trimesterly small groups to account for the community’s snowbird culture.

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Let Newcomers Know They Can Belong Before They Believe

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Flatirons Community Church appeals to its non-religious community by disarming them when they begin to explore Christ.

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Match Guests With Five New Friends and a Starter Ministry Within Three Months

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Substance Church uses Empowerment Track assimilation process to get new attendees involved.

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